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H-Bond Isomerization in Crystalline Cellulose IIII: Proton Hopping versus Hydroxyl Flip-Flop

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Marianski,  Mateusz
Theory, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Baldauf,  Carsten
Theory, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Chen, P., Marianski, M., & Baldauf, C. (2016). H-Bond Isomerization in Crystalline Cellulose IIII: Proton Hopping versus Hydroxyl Flip-Flop. ACS Macro Letters, 5(1), 50-54. doi:10.1021/acsmacrolett.5b00837.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0029-B526-B
Abstract
Based on density-functional theory calculations, we discuss three forms of cellulose IIII that are characterized by different intersheet H-bonding patterns. Two alternative mechanisms can facilitate the interconversion between these H-bonding patterns: the rotation of hydroxy groups (“flip-flop”) or a concerted proton transfer from one hydroxy group to the other (“proton hopping”). Both mechanisms have energy barriers of very similar height. Electronic structure theory methods allow us to study effects that involve the breaking/forming bonds, like the hopping of protons. In many of the force field formulations, in particular, the ones that are typically used to study cellulose, such effects are not considered. However, such insight at the atomistic and electronic scale can be the key to finding energy-efficient means for cellulose deconstruction.